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Introduction to Iceland

Sheep round-up and the Golden Circle

In the fall, the farmers gather the sheep to a fold, the Icelandic term is “réttir". There the farmers sort out the sheep according to their home farm. This used to be the biggest social event in the country provinces and still is a very lively event where people meet . After a hard work it’s customary to warm up the spirit with some traditional Icelandic alcohol "Brennivín" and sing songs about the beautiful countryside. After visiting “réttir”, the tour continues to the geothermal area around the great Geysir and Strokkur. From there it is only a short drive to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss. Before we return to Reykjavík, we will stop in Þingvellir, where Alþingi assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene until 1798.

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Icelandic Online

Through the Icelandic Online web course, offered by the University of Iceland Language Centre, you can learn basic Icelandic on the internet.

University of Iceland - Icelandic for International Students

The University of Iceland offers two separate programmes in Icelandic for foreign students:

  • A BA programme in Icelandic Studies for international students is for students seriously interested in the structure of the language and the literature of Iceland, as well as students interested in improving their skills in Icelandic.
  • Practical Icelandic for International students is optimal for people wanting to improve their language skills in preparation for further university studies or careers in Icelandic society.

For more information about the programmes, entrance requirements and application deadlines please see the programmes website

Icelandic online is a free-access, Web-based course in Modern Icelandic language and culture

Icelandic language courses offered in the summer,  see summer schools section

 

University of Akureyri - Icelandic as a foreign language

University of Akureyri offers a 6 ECTS course every semester for international students; exchange and degree seeking. The aim of the course is to give the student comprehensive insight into the Icelandic language. Emphasis is placed on written and spoken language.

For more information about the course, entrance requirements and application deadlines please see the course website.

University Centre of the Westfjords - Intensive Language Preparation Course in Icelandic for International Students

The course is for exchange and other international students coming to Icelandic institutions of higher education during the academic year. Erasmus students might get support from their home university to attend this course.  All exchange students are  welcome but must pay  tuition. Non-exchange students are referred to a parallel course offered by the University Centre.

For more information about the course, entrance requirements and application deadlines, please see the course website.

University Centre of the Westfjords - Beginners A1-A2 Ísafjörður

This three week  course is especially designed to meet the needs of people wanting to learn Icelandic while experiencing the life in a small Icelandic town.

For more information about the course, entrance requirements and application deadlines, please see the course website.

University Centre of the Westfjords - Crash Course A1 Núpur

This one week course is an intensive beginner's course in the Icelandic language and culture and is especially designed to meet the needs of students planning to study in Iceland. Scheduled in both January and August, the course will prepare students for daily life in Iceland and participation in the university community.

For further information about the course, entrance requirements and application deadlines, please see the course website.

University Centre of the Westfjords - Intermediate B1

The two week long Intermediate course is especially designed to meet the needs of people who want to improve their prior knowledge of Icelandic and at the same time experience the life in a small Icelandic town. this is an exciting summer course, in the magnificent surroundings of the remote Westfjords, and will increase students´s skills in Icelandic.

For further information about the course, entrance requirements and application deadlines, please see the course website.

 

University Centre of the Westfjords - Advanced Special B2

Under the name Icelandic-Special we offer two one week courses during August for advanced learners (CEFR-level-B1-B2). The courses are independent entities, each course emphasizes special skills, so that participants can freely combine them.

For further information about the courses, entry requirements and application deadlines please visit the Icelandic Courses webpage of the University Centre of the Westfjords.

University of Iceland - Summer Course in Modern Icelandic

Every year the Árni Magnússon Institution for Icelandic Studies, in cooperation with the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Iceland, organizes an international summer course in Modern Icelandic and Icelandic Culture. The course is primarily intended for university students of language and literature, but anyone interested in Icelandic and Icelandic culture is welcome to apply. The applicants' residence must not be in Iceland.

For more information about the course, entrance requirements and application deadline please see The Árni Magnússon Institute website

University of Iceland and University of Minnesota - A Course in Modern Icelandic

The University of Minnesota and the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies offer a unique joint course in Modern Icelandic for undergraduate and graduate students in North America. Three weeks (5/27-6/13) are taught at University of Minnesota, and then the course continues for three weeks (6/16-7/4) at the University of Iceland.

For further information, entrance requirements and application deadline, please see The Árni Magnússon Institute website

University of Iceland and Nordkurs - Summer Course for Nordic Students

Nordkurs, an institution run by the Nordic Council of Ministers, offers a 4 week summer course in Icelandic in cooperation with the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. The course is intended for Scandinavian university students only.

For further information, entrance requirements and application deadline, please see The Árni Magnússon Institute website

The Snorri Program - summer course

The Snorri Program is aimed at young people of Icelandic origin, living in Canada and the US, to discover the country and culture of their ancestors and to strengthen ties with relatives living in Iceland.

For further information, entrance requirements and application deadline please see The Snorri Program website

Mímir  Símenntun

Mímir Símenntun offers beginning, intermediate and advanced courses in Icelandic for foreigners.

For further information about the courses, entrance requirements and application deadlines, please see Mímir Símenntun website

Hafnarfjörður Municipal Centre for Adult Education (Námsflokkar Hafnarfjarðar)

Hafnarfjörður's Municipal Centre for Adult Education offers courses in Icelandic for foreigners.

For more information, entrance requirements and application deadlines, please  see Hafnarfjörður's Municipal Centre for Adult Education Website

Lingva Language School

Lingva Language School offers courses in Icelandic.

For more information, entrance requirements and application deadlines, please see Lingva's website